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valentine’s day recipe

Cake/ Dessert

Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to bake something delightfully indulgent. Enter these Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes with Espresso Ganache. We’ve got all the traditional Valentine trappings in a different kind of packaging.

Pouring espresso ganache into mini chocolate cakes for valentine's day

We’ll start with mini bundt cakes. Aren’t they cute?! I got my mini bundt cake pans at Marshall’s but you can buy them on Amazon as well. This recipe makes four cakes so you can eat them twice or double date if you like. We never actually go out on Valentine’s Day. One year we did drive into the city and go on a nice date but the traffic was insane! Neither of us likes going out at the same time as everyone else so now we celebrate at home or just have a nice date sometime in February.

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Breakfast/ Dessert

Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Peach blueberry cobbler in individual ramekins

When I was young I remember going to my Grandparents house next door for dinner. I know that my Grandma was a good cook but I don’t remember most of the things that she made. It’s the fun meals that stick in my mind. When we visited them in Florida we got to have “strawberry soup” for dinner sometimes. Grandpa loved that one – bread torn up and topped with fresh strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. We’d pour milk into the bowl and it was like a weird sort of cereal. I’m guessing it started among the generation that grew up during the Great Depression. However, my favorite meal was when Grandma would make Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler for dinner and we got to eat as much as we wanted.

Closeup of peach blueberry cobbler in individual ramekins

Cobbler for dinner is not a huge stretch. I’m sure it’s no worse than french toast or pancakes as a meal, but as a kid it felt like an amazing winter treat. I’ve made cobbler with various fruit over the years, but blueberry peach is nostalgic as well as delicious. Juicy tart blueberries meld beautifully with the soft, sweet peaches. Stir it up into a syrupy cocktail and top it off with light sweet biscuits that are soft underneath with a little crunch on top! I’m thinking that this would be a fantastic Valentine’s Day Brunch…

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